Recharging and Reassessing: A Blog Post for Me.

It’s been a while, huh? Despite a vacation that explains part of my absence, I have been so busy working for other people that I haven’t taken the time to work for myself. My social media updates have been non-existent. I haven’t written a blog post in almost a month. But despite my lack of presence on the net lately, ideas have been brewing. And yet, I have done nothing with them. I can easily write this off…Well, I have been doing work that I actually get paid for, right? And, yes, there is some merit to that. Without my clients, I have no business and no reason to not write a blog post for a month. And of course, my clients’ needs are of utmost importance to me. But I also need to make sure I am taking care of mine as well.

I have this same problem as a mother sometimes, as I am sure all of you who have children can relate. We spend so much time taking care of our kids, we neglect ourselves. But it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. You can take care of your kids and yourself. In fact, you will do a better job as a parent if you take time to yourself and make sure you are keeping sane. Same goes for a business. I am really good at keeping my clients organized and on task. Now it’s time for me to do the same for myself – and also help my clients get the best from me as well.

So I am making a few New Fiscal Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Audit my services and website. I have had my site up and running for about 6 months now and have been doing VA work for much longer than that. It’s time to see what’s working and what’s not. What I like to do and what I don’t like to do. Also, since the majority of my clients are in the nonprofit sector, I need to focus more on the specific needs and wants of that group. Look for changes coming soon!
  2. Write social media updates for the week. This one was inspired by my client Betsy Baker of Your Grant Authority – as I was scheduling her tweets and facebook status updates for the week on Hootsuite, I thought, “Why on earth am I not doing this myself?” So I will start devoting at least thirty minutes toward the end of the week or during the weekend to writing out the upcoming week’s posts for Facebook and Twitter. And if I come up with something that might make a good tweet, I will write it down somewhere. I am bad about having good thoughts at inconvenient times, but there is no reason not to make a note in my beloved Droid.
  3. Learn, learn, learn. As I have mentioned numerous times, I love to learn. However, lately I haven’t been doing nearly as much research and reading for myself (after proofreading all day, who wants to read anymore?). In fact, I feel that I am so behind on some trends, SEO, for example, that I am giving up offering those services altogether (plus, honestly, I don’t really enjoy it, but that goes back to auditing my services). I will be taking a few hours a week to educate myself.
  4. Write at least one blog post a week. Even if it’s just a little blurb, I am going to publish something every week. Hopefully a few times a week, but I don’t wanna get carried away just yet.
  5. Set office hours. I have actually been doing better about this, but I think it’s only because having three kids on three different soccer teams has forced me to manage my time more efficiently.
  6. Take some time for me. Here’s where the recharging comes in. I will watch stupid shows on TV. Sing along to my favorite songs. Watch those movies that have been in my Netflix queue for months. Go for a ride in the country or a hike in the woods. Walk around Auburn’s campus. Whatever…I will just do the little things that make me happy.

OK, so I am putting those out there for all the world to see – which is a little scary. But my hope is you, my loyal readers, will hold me accountable.

I would also love to hear from those of you who work for yourselves. How do you recharge and take care of yourself as well as your clients?

Thanks for reading!
Kris

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5 Responses to “Recharging and Reassessing: A Blog Post for Me.”

  1. ginette isenberg says on :

    Great Post Kristina! Very ambitious. I have been much better at scheduling my time now that things have slowed down :-) (due to the trickle-down negative effects of the economy on my clients). In the past I would do work whenever clients called – not good. Since then I have tried to close the office door at a reasonable hour and don’t go back in until morning. A new habit that I like. When things pick back up, and I expect they will. I plan to keep my new habit and only respond during 9-5 business hours unless otherwise arranged in advance. I also have a separate google calendar that I share with my clients so they know when I will be out of the office for more than a few hours during the day.

  2. Kris says on :

    Thanks for the input, Ginette! I like the Google Calendar idea. I already share those with a few of my clients, but not a specific “Office Hours” calendar. I too have answered texts from clients at 11:30 at night – that needs to stop. I like to work at night, but not like that.

  3. Betsy Baker says on :

    Since you’re such an inspiration to me, I’m very glad that I was somewhat useful to you. :)

  4. Kris says on :

    Thanks, Betsy!

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